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Obituary for Mrs. Ella Claire Hunter Gilland

November 30, 1924 - March 20, 2019
Olmsted Township, Ohio | Age 94

Beloved Mother, Mother in law and Grandmother


Ella Claire Gilland (nee Hunter) 94 of Olmsted Township, passed away Wednesday, March 20, 2019. She was born November 30, 1924 to parents Charles and Barbara (nee Cameron) Hunter.

As a young woman, Ella put herself through college at the University of New Hampshire, graduating with a degree in English. She was the older of the two Hunter girls; she often watched her nieces for her little sister, June, and kept watching them after June died too early. Ella met the love of her life, James at the Winthrop Yacht Club. After getting married in Winthrop, MA, they went to Japan, Hawaii, Virginia (twice), Illinois, and Georgia. Her son James was born on an Air Force base in Japan. In Hawaii, Claire and her son lived for two years while James served in Viet Nam. As she got older, she loved music; big band, 30's and 40's pop songs, and Elvis. Even when she wasn't speaking much anymore, she would sing, and dance with a big smile on her face. She had given up on being a grandmother until Cassidy and Rory came along. They were a guaranteed way to get a smile on her face. And she always enjoyed a visit with her daughter in-law, Kris, which gave her a reason to look at Jim and roll her eyes.

Ella and James would attend church in Atlanta almost every week, partly because James was head usher for years. Together they volunteered at a local food pantry, the Toco Hills Community Alliance; to the point that the volunteer of the year award was named after them. Ella was fiercely dedicated to her family: her husband James, her son James (Kris), her nieces and her mother. She tried to take care of everyone, sometimes whether they wanted it or not! She didn't suffer fools gladly, but most fools would never know it.

She is survived by her beloved son James (Kris); loving grandchildren Cassidy and Rory; several nieces and nephews, and even more grand-nieces and nephews.

She is preceded in death by her loving husband James Wesley Gilland; sister June Johnston and her parents Charles and Barbara (nee Cameron) Hunter.

Memorial contributions in Ella Claire's name may be forwarded to Oak Grove UMC 1722 Oak Grove Rd., Decatur, GA 30033 or Toco Hills Community Alliance 1790 Lavista Rd. N.E. Atlanta, GA 30329

Services will be held on Friday, April 26, 2019 from 10:00am – 11:30am at BUSCH FUNERAL HOME 32000 DETROIT RD., AVON, OH 44011. Burial to be held at the Ohio Western Reserve National Cemetery 10175 Rawiga Rd., Seville, OH 44273 at 1:45pm. 440-937-6175

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